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Friday, November 30, 2012

Snowman Gift Tag Weekend Project

Once again I you could find me searching for "stuff" on Pinterest.  It's such an awesome waste of time!!! LOL  I have pinned so much stuff that I know I will never get back to!  But I know it's there for inspiration should I ever find it all again!  Or remember why I pinned something.  Did you ever do that?  Look through a catalog or something on the net and mark it and then go back a few days later and wonder what you saw in that item the day you marked it?  I do that a lot.  It must have been a color or the mood I was in at the time.  But most of the stuff I mark I like and remember why I marked it.  I just don't remember all the stuff I've marked or pinned!!  But today I found this little guy and did the best I could with it.  Though I think it could use a bit more finesse.  

The original tag can be found here.  I like the background on it, it's got a lot more snow falling with all the white.  I opted not to add that so I could actually use mine as a to and from tag.  I need to find a stamp set with the to and from words in it.  

The snowman face was done before I punched it out.  I punched out some black pieces of card stock for the eyes and mouth, and also for the buttons.  I glued them in place.  I was going to use tape but I thought the embossing gun would make the tape melt and slip.  After gluing the eyes in place I added the blush (a pink marker) and then the mouth.  The nose was punched out too and glued in place.  When the glue was dry I wiped the VersaMark pad over the area and I used  Iridescent Ice over it all.  Now I need to backup just a bit here.  I did the face on a piece of white card stock, not on the punched out circle.  Once I was done with the Iridescent Ice then I punched it out with a 1-1/4" circle punch.  I did the same for the body.  I used the Iridescent Ice before punching.  I scrapped off some of the Iridescent Ice on the mouth because it looked to shiny and sparkly.  So for the buttons, I just added them after embossing.  I think if I were to do it different I would have added the mouth and eyes after but then it may have made punching it out more difficult.  I am going to make a few more and try different things to see what all works the best.

I taped the two balls together on the back side and added a bit of glue to them to hold them together.  I added a few rhinestones around the tag and then I tied a ribbon around the neck and on top of the tag.  And that was it.  Fun and easy!  Oh and cute too!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, November 29, 2012

A Jolly Bingo Bits Christmas

Yesterday I posted a candy cane card and now today.  Do you see a theme happening here? Though I did use two different stamp sets.  Today I used the candy cane from the Jolly Bingo Bits set and I did have to cut out the candy cane by hand, there is no punch for that one.  But since I was only cutting out one it wasn't so bad.  

I was looking in my Pinterest followings and I saw this card that Yolanda posted.  I wanted to recreate it but I knew I didn't have the little packages stamp so I thought I would hunt for something else.  I wasn't having any luck so I just began to make the card components.  When I got done with the oval I thought I would see what I had that would fit inside it and that's when I ran across the Jolly Bingo Bits set.  I was going to use the mittens but I didn't like how they fit inside the oval.  I also thought how pretty a single red bird would be too.  But I liked how the candy cane covered more space up and down so I thought I would stamp one and cut it out and then decide.  Well, after I got it cut out I set it on top of the oval and I liked what I saw so I ran with it.  I changed the ribbon (from the original card) and also the wording.  I thought the card could use a little more color so I took my red marker and ran around the edges of all the white card stock pieces.  But that thought came after the card was all taped together.  Isn't that how things usually work?  

If I were to redo this card I would omit the silver paper and replace it with Real Red.  I think it would give the card a lot more punch.  The silver was SO pretty with the white on the original card.  So if you are going to make one of these, I would recommend using Real Red on the background layers.  

Even with the slight color issue, I did have fun making this card.  I would make another one but only one because that candy cane is so tiny to cut out!

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

A Scentsational Candy Cane Christmas

I think I've got my mojo back!  I have been in a rut here of mostly making cards that I find on the net.  Today I created this card and I feel inspired to create even more, all on my own!!!  

This is a very clean and simple card.  This card is far from what I had in mind but I like this better.  I was originally going to use just one candy cane and it was going to be on a strip coming from the top part of the card.  The flat and textured background were as I wanted them for the card I had in mind.  Once I set the candy cane on the area I was going to be working on I didn't like it.  So I set it on the textured part and that is when I saw that if I added two more it would brighten up the card SO much. So I stamped and cut out 2 more candy canes and just laid them on the card.  I liked what I saw so the next step was the mighty hunt for the right words.  I looked in the Stampin' Up! catalog for some fun Christmas wording to stamp at the top.  The set I wanted was one I didn't own.  So I kept looking until I found this one from the  Chock-full of Cheer set.  My first thought was to stamp the words directly on the card but they were too small.  So I stamped them on a separate piece of card stock and cut them out.  I cut a Real Red background layer for them and set them in place using Dimensionals.  And there you have it.  A bright and festive Christmas card.  I did not buy the scents you can use on these cards but I can imagine it would be a fun thing to play with and add a bit more character to the card.  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Scentsational Gingerbread Boy Christmas Card

Ok, I had the other gingerbread boy just sitting there on my worktable.  It was all stamped and cut out, just sitting there waiting for me to either spill on it so I could toss it or make something with it.  So I thought I would whip up a quick card with it.

I used the Enfrance background set and I stamped it using Real Red.  The base of the card is Real Red, that is why I went with that ink.  Between the back layer and the stamped layer is a piece of Wild Wasabi.  I also used the Wild Wasabi for a layer behind the glitter paper and on the die cut gingerbread boy layer.  The card could use a bit more finesse but my plan here was to make a quick card without a lot of fluff!

It's very festive but it's lacking something.  Any ideas?  It would be fun to redo the card (actually make another card(s)) with your suggestions and see how it could be punched up some without making it take a long time to make.  So just post your ideas for me here and I'll see what I can come up with.  Maybe it could turn into some kind of contest!!!  I'm not saying anymore there!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, November 26, 2012

Scentsational Gingerbread Boy Card

I am such a sucker for gingerbread boys!  I have a few of them in my kitchen.  One is a really cute gingerbread couple.  Each are on the side of a gingerbread recipe.  I keep that up all year long.  I've had it for years but have yet to try the recipe!!!  

So onto my card.  I stamped my gingerbread boy using Chocolate Chip ink and then used the die to cut him out.  I stamped and cut out two because I was pretty sure I would ruin one but I didn't.  SO I guess that means I'll be making another one later on!!  Maybe!

I had lots of scraps for layers and I cut what was left of them to fit the length and width of the card.  I love it when I can use up those strips.  And trust me I have LOTS of them!!  

This card was a lot of fun and get this.... I didn't even copy it from anywhere!  Imagine that?  It's been a while since I have posted an original card.  I've just been finding way too many pretties out there that I have to make for myself!!  But today I thought I would step out that box and try one on my own!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Come to Bethlehem

 My card for today comes from Terri's fun Stamp-A-Stack.  We made Christmas cards that night.  I LOVE Christmas and I LOVE making Christmas cards.  And no, my cards are not done yet and thanks for asking!!! LOL  But they are close.  All I have to do is assemble them and do the labels and I'm ready.  They will be going out in the mail by December 1st!  Which is earlier than last year!!

This card was super easy and SO pretty.  The stamp set used is Come to Bethlehem.  I don't have this set, it's not my style.  I much prefer snowmen sets and I usually just buy only one Christmas/holiday/winter set a year.  

It's hard to see but the center of the star has a clear rhinestone on it.  This also has a fun fold.  The front piece is folded to the left and a piece of the brushed silver card stock is set in place.  Then the die cut image is centered on the card front. The die cut piece is big enough to hide the round circle in the center of the inside of the card. 

My sister and I love to attend the Stamp-A-Stacks and we always have a great time.  It's fun to catch up with each other and chat while we play!  Terri always has such great cards too.  

I am working on some fun things for you to see so please be sure to stop back and see what I've been up to!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Friday, November 23, 2012

Ho Ho Ho Santa Earrings

Just for a little change of pace today I am going to post some fun Santa earrings.  Aren't they cute?  I am going to wear these when  I work next month!  They are such fun and they were fun to make too!

 The Santa was originally a bookmark but I thought they were earrings so I made a pair.  Be sure to check out her website.  There's a cute pair of brushed silver beads Snowman earrings.  SO adorable too!

I have a few other "Santa Theme" items for you and no, they are not jewelry, they are stamped and paper craft items!  It's time for Santa stuff, isn't it?  

So, how did your Black Friday go?  Did you go shopping?  I posted last night that hubby and I were going to go to Wal-Mart.  Well, we did BUT.   It was crazy there.  I could see the lot was full before we even turned onto the road to the store.  I told hubby we could just forget it but we went in anyway.  We parked about 1/4 mile away.  We were on the far side of the whole shopping center's parking lot!!  Not a big deal, it was a bit chilly and windy but the snow had stopped.  Plus hubby said he wanted to see what this was all about.  Silly man.  Then we got in the store and all the craziness started.  Hubby and I got separated and of course, of all times to forget my phone at home!!! UGH!  Then the crowds in the movies they had on special were unbelievable and the people were a bit rude.  Some paid no regards to you, they just pushed in front so they could see the movies.  I think the store could have done the display on them much better to avoid that kind of mess there.  I found 3 of the 5 movies that were on my list.  We found a couple of toys for the family we buy for and I found hubby so we decided we were done.  We got in line to check out.  It started in the clothing department which formed a people maze.  At one point I became claustrophobic.  There were racks of clothes on my right and stacks of clothing on my left (both higher than I was.  You couldn't move forward and you couldn't go backwards.  When we finally got out of that clothing section and turned the corner we were told to form two lines.  You couldn't even see one line.  We looked across the area and the people maze was 8 rows wide.  We moved 2 feet in 10 minutes and I told hubby that I was done.  We turned around and hopped over their roped off area.  We put the stuff down on one of the clothing stands and headed for the door.  What a nightmare.   So I say NEVER again AND you can quote me on that!  When I got home I went online, found the movies I wanted and got close to the same price on two, less than Wal-Mart had on two of them and one was the same.  And get this, free shipping!  Silly me.  I'm SO for online shopping!  I will probably do some store shopping after this weekend but as for this weekend, the remainder of it... I'm HOME!!!  LOL  

And I didn't think I was going to be able to post tonight, I was having some issues with Chrome and my blog.  I didn't need anymore computer problems.   It's amazing how dependent we have become on computers!  And when I get done here I'm going to stay away from the computer for the rest of the night!!!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish each and every one of you a very Happy Thanksgiving.  As you gather with friends and family we take time to remember how thankful we are for what we do have.

The shopping craziness starts tomorrow.  Though through looking at the ads in the paper this morning, I'm thinking the craziness starts tonight. And I believe I may be among the crazies to go out there and do a bit of shopping.  I have to work on Black Friday (a first in MANY years) so I won't be able to go out shopping. Not that I was one of those early risers that stood out in the cold or long lines to get a certain item.  I have a list of gifts I need to get for a family we buy for and I'm hoping the stuff will be in the store.  If not then I just shop elsewhere some other time.  It would be nice to catch a break on the prices though.  This is our third year buying for this family.  It's fun but it gets more expensive each year because the kids are growing up.  I did make some bracelets and sold them to raise money for this adventure.  I was actually able to post one on here (and it sold) but the others sold before I was able to get them on the internet.  Which is a good thing.  Maybe next year I can get more on the website!  I have great plans for beading and stamping for the new year. Let's hope I can do it!  Anyway, I'm rambling here.  I want to wish you all a great day and I will be back tomorrow with some fun "stuff" for the holidays.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Delightful Decorations Christmas Card

WOW, talk about going from one extreme (yesterday's card) to the other (today's card)!  Yesterday's card was full of layers and lots of little pieces.  Today's card is quick and simple with one stamp being used.  Oh and on yesterday's card I forgot to add all those pearls that the original card had on it.  Maybe I got too tired from all of those layers!!! LOL  I just forgot to add them and I didn't even remember it had pearls until I saw the pearl on this card!  

This is a very easy and fun card to make. I LOVE this layout too. It's so simple to work with and many of those under 3" images work well with this. I made this card at Terri's very fun Stamp-A-Stack. My sister and I had a great time together making cards.  It's nice that we can get together and have some fun and of course end the time with a bunch of fun cards!!! I love going to her Stamp-A-Stacks.  Her cards never cease to amaze me!  

For this card we used the Delightful Decorations stamp set.  I am guessing it will be next to be retired since it's been out for a while now.  I hope not.  It's a fun set and so versatile. Plus it has a punch to go with it.  I hate it when I spend the money on the sets and the punch and they retire them in only a couple of years.  I'm so much more careful about what I buy now for that very reason.

Anyway, we added the punched out image on the circle scallop and that was added to the front of the card on top of the side layers.  So super simple and fun!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Scentsational Season Card

Apparently something is going on with my email again so I had to use my camera to take the photo instead of my phone.  I've gotten so spoiled with taking photos with the phone that I rarely use my camera anymore.

I copied this really cute card using the Scentsational Season set.  I think it's such a fun set and then the bonus to it is you buy the dies for it so you don't have to cut a thing out by hand.  You just stamp the image and then take the die and line it up.  Take a sticky note and put it over the image and the die to hold it in place while you cut it out on your Big Shot.  As simple as that.  You can whip out a bunch of those little images in no time using the die!  

I found the original card here at Ann's Stampin' Schack site.  As Ann had said in her post that this card was more work than she thought.  She is right.  There's lots going on here.  Lots of pieces to get cut out and stamp and layer.  But it was SO worth it.

I didn't have the same decorative papers that she used or the same wording but it all worked out and I like the card.  Though as much as I like it,  I don't think I'll be making any more of them!!!  What drew me to this card was the gingerbread boy for starters. I LOVE gingerbread boys!  And then it was the "steam" coming off the cups.  You use vellum, stamp the image and then use clear embossing.  In person it's SO pretty!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Monday, November 19, 2012

Punch Cards

Here is another card I made at Terri's Stamp-A-Stack.  This card is made using punches.  The only stamping on here was done on the center of the flower.  And the best thing about this is it makes the card extremely versatile. I can see this as a get well, card, a birthday card, a thinking of you card, and even a sympathy card, and possibly a wedding card.  

To make this card we stamped the worn dots background stamp on the blue card stock.  Then it was run through the Big Shot with the die.  Then the ribbon was set in place.  The center of the flower was stamped and then the flower was punched out.  Next we clipped the petals on the flower and it was set in place on top of the ribbon.  As simple as that and SO elegant looking too.  I just ordered that champagne colored glitter paper.  It's SO pretty and I've seen it on a lot of other cards and that's all it took. I just had to have it!

This was such a fun card to make and because it was a Stamp-A-Stack I got to make 3 of them!  It's great to have so many cards on hand for any occasion.  

And now it's coming up on Christmas time and I'll be making a variety of Christmas cards to show you.  Plus other cards that I create or find.  I did find a couple that I just HAVE to make!!!  

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Blog Candy Winner!

WOW, I didn't think I was going to be able to post the Blog Candy winner today.  I was unable to access my blog yesterday due to some server issues.  I'm not sure what that means but I was glad to see that it was restored in it's entirety today!  I'm assuming it is.  I didn't check every post and I won't be but it looks like it's all here! How odd was that?  So the post I have for yesterday will be added on tomorrow.  I got a day off from posting!! LOL

Ok, onto the winner. I used the Random Number Generator to pick the number for me and it was #17 and that lucky person is Peggy S.  Here is the comment she left:

 "Peggy S from OH said...
i would have to say blogs, althought I do check out splitcoaststampers, but not as often.

Happy Blogoversary, Wanda!"
Congratulations to you Peggy!  Please email me with your snail mail address and I will get these three stamp sets plus the other "stuff" I put in the package for the celebration!! It's always a fun surprise!  I will give you until next Sunday to contact me (due to the Thanksgiving holiday).  If I don't hear from Peggy by Sunday evening on November 25th, I will put the sets back up for a second chance offer!
And be sure to keep your eye out on New Year's Eve or is it New Year's Day? I'll have to go back a year and see what I do.  Oh my gosh, my memory is failing me!!!  YIKES!!! I always post Blog Candy to celebrate the new year!
I thank you all for playing and I thank you for visiting my blog, it really does mean a lot to me!

Happy Stamping,
P.S.  I just looked and it is New Year's Day!!!  What a great and fun way to start off the New Year!!!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Pleasant Poppies Butterfly Card

I just can't believe I forgot to show you these gems that I made last month at Terri's Stamp-A-Stack.  

I do not have this Pleasant Poppies background stamp.  I'm still thinking about it.  It's way down on my wishlist.  I do like this card but I have not seen many cards using this image.  There were a couple that I did see that colored in the poppies.  I'm not sure I want to do a lot of coloring.  So that is why the stamp is down on my wishlist.  Besides, there's plenty of other images that I want a whole lot more! 

This is a very simple card to make too.  After the background was stamped and the scalloped edge put on the butterfly was punched out.  It was punched out using some decorative paper. If you click on the image you can see a closer view of the paper.  From here it looks like it was colored in but nope!  It was stamped on the decorative paper and then punched out.  And it's hard to see in the photo but it's punched out twice and layered on top of each other with a Dimensional.  Such a cute idea.  Though Terri has such great ideas for her cards.  She makes so many of them.  I think I would run out of ideas.  What?  I have run out, that is why I've been picking them off of Pinterest or Split Coast Stampers lately.  

I like this wide area at the bottom of the card.  I can add a layered label punch words there if I want.  A  ribbon, buttons or brads.  

It was a fun, quick and easy card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Die Cut Leaves

This is one of the cards I made last month at Terri's fun Stamp-a-Stack.  I had set those cards aside and have not been back to that part of my workroom in a while. It's such a mess so I avoid going over there!!!  But it's time to suck it up and get the area cleaned up!!!  I love a clean space so I can just fill it back up again with more stuff I don't want to deal with right away!!  Why do I do that?  Does anyone know the answer to that question?  

This was such a fun card to make.  You ran the card stock through the Big Shot with the Sizzix leaf die and then you took this wad of rubber bands and colored them.  I think there is something like 30 rubber bands tie wrapped together.  You tap the end on the ink pad, much like you would do for sponging.  And then you just tap it on your card stock.  It creates a very fun and interesting look. Then we did the part I just hate doing.  You scrunch up a perfectly good leaf!!! LOL  It just kills me to do that.  But I do like the effect so I have been learning to just roll with it!  

It's a very simple card to make.  And a very fall looking card.  This would also be great for a masculine card too.  A get well, birthday and of course the thinking of you card.  

Thank you SO much for stopping by today,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Make a Mitten / Chock-Full of Cheer Christmas Card

Today's card comes from you via Pinterest!! Of course, where else?  LOL  Ok, I know I do create some of my own designs, layouts and what not but lately I've found some really cute cards that I just had to make.

My card is pretty much a total copy except for the ribbon and the strings on the mittens. I made my strings too short.

What I find funny is that the stamp set had a pair of mittens for one image and for this image only one mitten.  So I thought, since it only had one mitten I would just use the Chock-Full of Cheer set instead.  Then I realized that was the set that was used in the original card.  You don't really notice the mittens are for the same hand because of they way they are turned on the card.  Well, now you see it but only because I told you!!! LOL

What I like best about this card is that I can do the mittens SO perfectly using the mitten punch.  Yup, that punch works with the Chock-full of Cheer and Make a Mitten set!!!  More uses for the mitten punch!!

And now I'm not finding where I got this card from, so if you know the creator of this card please let me know so I can give them the credit they deserve.  I will try to find it too.

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Blog Candy!

Can you believe it?  I missed my Blogoversary!  It was almost a week ago.  I was so busy with the craft fair stuff and getting caught up from the craft fair stuff that I completely forgot about my Blogoversary.  I started this blog back in 2006.  Back when there weren't a lot of stamping blogs out there.  Now there's tons of them for you to enjoy!  I have had a lot of fun posting to my blog and I plan to continue, as long as I have viewers!!!  I have noticed how the trend is changing and I too, have changed along with it. I use to use Google Reader and now I hardly look at it.  It has been replaced by Pinterest (one of my favorite places to spend a TON of time).  Though I don't often use Pinterest to search for card samples.  I still prefer Split Coast Stampers.  It's much more organized and easier to find what you are looking for.  With Pinterest you need to know exact wording and sometimes that doesn't always help.  But I will continue to post on here so you will always know where to find me!!

So onto the blog candy.  I have 3 different "Scrappy Cat" brand of clear rubber stamps.  All three come with images and sentiments.  The names of the sets are "Thank You", "Sunny Days", and "To Cheer You".  And as you know I always add to the package as the days count down, so the lucky winner receives a lot more than is in the photo.  

Nothing is free!!!  You need to answer a question to be entered in the drawing.  Ok, the question is:  "What is your favorite internet source of creative information/inspiration?"  Now you want to know when!  I will draw a name on Sunday November 18th.  I was going to move the date closer but I have a busy week and weekend.  My niece is getting married next month and her bridal shower happens to be on Saturday.  I am her godmother so I am hosting the shower which means I have LOTS of stuff to do.  Plus I am not done with the jewelry for the wedding party gals.  I am hoping to finish that up later tonight!  Gosh, when did life get so busy?  And especially at this time of the year too when it's normally extra busy because of the holidays.  UGH!!!  I'm SO looking forward to the end of the month when I can step back and take a short breather before the next wave of holiday stuff hits!  Then after the first of the year things will calm down a lot and I'm hoping to get a lot of beading done along with my other "usual" stuff!

So, please leave a comment to this post only for your chance to win the blog candy.  And please only enter once.  I also ask that it be limited to USA and Canadian residents only.  Thank you.

I thank you for visiting my blog and good luck!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Bring on the Cake

I found a card on (of course) Pinterest that used strips of card stock on it.  I liked it and repined it to one of my boards there.  Today as I was looking through the stamping board I created I saw this card and I immediately thought of the "Faux Paint Chips" technique.  The card on the link I have added resembles paint chips more than this one does.  On the other card the colors of card stock are next to each other.  Here there is space between but it's still a graduated color scheme which is what paint chips are.  So I think it could still fall under the category of the "faux paint chips", don't you agree?  

This is a fun card to play with. I think it would be a lot of fun to use the bright colors to make it a kids birthday card too!  The original one is done in.  You can see that card here.  Funny thing about it is, the card I found was also found by that person on Pinterest.  Though she did not leave a link to the original designer, so if you know who made this card, please let me know so I can give that person the credit they deserve.

The wording used here is from the "Bring on the Cake" stamp set.  This is a very simple, quick and fun card to make!

Thank you SO much for visiting today,

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A White on White Get Well

My card today is a copy from the internet.  From Pinterest (of course!).  My favorite hangout lately!  This was originally a Sympathy card but I didn't need any so I changed it to a get well card.  I didn't need any of those either at the moment but I thought I'd opt for that instead of the sympathy.  It didn't seem as sad.

Anyway the original card was pilfered from Sue and you can see it here.  

This is such a stunning card and there isn't a whole lot to it either.  You take a half sheet of white card stock and fold it in half.  Then you take a piece of white card stock and run it through the Square Lattice embossing folder.  Then I cut the piece 1/8" on two sides.  I always like to cut mine after I dry emboss them because the embossing can shorten the piece a bit.  Not always but the more embossing there is on the card the more the paper is tucked in or drawn in. So I just cut after.  Plus if you get it crooked, it gives you a chance to straighten it out!  The top piece is cut 3-1/4" x 4-1/2".  And the leaf from the Sizzlet is taped in place.  Once that was taped in place I stamped the words on.  And that was it.  Easy Peasy.  Simple and simply stunning!

Thank you for visiting today,

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Moonlit Nativity

This is one of the items I had in the craft fair.  It's a nativity set made out of clay and put in a jar.  I know, stating it like that doesn't make it sound very glamorous.  I added a spring of some green leafy thing that sat behind the trio.  

It doesn't show up in the photo but at the craft fair I had black circles of card stock over the top of the jar lid so the light would come on. The lids are solar powered.  And boy do they shine bright!  

I had a lot of fun making these.  Making things from clay is one of my true crafting loves!! Yes, even more than beading or stamping.  I have neglected my clay for a long time and I've been slowly getting back into it.  I was playing with a fun pair of holiday earrings I will show you in a few days. I have not finished them yet.  I got as far as going to the bead shop to get the other components I needed and it's just sitting there waiting for it's turn to be finished.  So when I get them done I'll post it on here.  

Back to my jar.  The clay characters are glued in and some "snow" was put on the bottom and then that green leaf.  The molding of the characters took a while.  Well, not really. To make one of each doesn't take that long but when you make a bunch it does take a while.  But it's worth the time invested to me.  These were fun to make and I actually have a few left.  I made WAY too many but one never knows from year to year what sells and what doesn't.  These were a success.  I did sell a lot of them, I call that a success!

I just thought I would share one of my clay creations with you!

Added on November 10. 2012.  I had gotten the lids from a wholesale company.  They are called "Moonshiner" Solar Powered jar lids.  

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Friday, November 09, 2012

Just Believe

This is one of the cards that my sister and I made at Terri's Stamp-A-Stack.  It's such a quick, clean, and simple card to make.  Stamp-A-Stacks are so much fun because you don't have to do any cutting.  As much as I love going to these, my sister loves them even more.  She hates to do any part of that at all.  She likes it when she can just sit down and make a card with everything all done for her. Well, who doesn't?  LOL  Sometimes I have leftover parts to cards and she loves to take them to make cards.  Anything that makes it easy is what she loves.

Well, this card was easy and it's SO pretty.  

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Thursday, November 08, 2012

A Jolly Bingo Christmas Card

The Jolly Bingo set has been a favorite of mine for a while now. I LOVE all the little images in it.  They are more expensive to buy but so worth it.  You can't get bored with a set like this.  

My card today is a copy (sort of) from one I found on Pinterest. The one there was made by LeAnn at Wee Inklings.  Her card was made using an older retired stamp set that I do not know the name of.  But it is a set that I LOVED to play with a long time ago.  But for my card I wanted to see if I could remake hers using current stamps.  And the Jolly Bingo set worked perfectly with this layout.  And I changed the words.  Hers had a ribbon at the top but I omitted it.  

I just thought it was a cute layout. It's so bright and festive.  How could it not put you in the Christmas spirit?  I will not be making these for our Christmas cards this year.  I don't have enough buttons!!  I suppose I could make the paper ones but no, I'm not making a bunch of these cards!  I do know that my sister is going to love it.  Anything with the primary colors in it just catches her eyes and she wants it!  This may end up in her hands!

It was a fun card to make and what a perfect way to use up all of your left over strips of scrap decorative papers!!!

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Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Blooming With Kindness

I found this card on Pinterest.  I changed it a little but not much.  I liked the look of the drawn box/layer going around the top part of the card.  I just liked the way it flowed on the card.  So I thought I would add it to my Pinterest stash of cards I want to make and wait until I had time or until I just couldn't stand it anymore.  Well, that's what happened today. I just couldn't stand it.  I wanted to make that card SO bad.  The original card can be found here.  It was made by Michelle at Michelle's Card Classes.  Her card was done in the Summer Starfruit color. I was not thrilled with that color and it being fall I decided to go with one of the warmer colors. Here I used Cajun Craze.  Her card has different wording and it's stamped across the flower.  I did like that look but I didn't think the words would show up very well on the Cajun Craze.  So I used the Teeny Tiny Wishes set and I started the outline drawing along the word line and just in front of the words.  I do like the looks of it.  It makes it look like it's sort of part of the box outline.  

I did have more flower showing but after I got done outlining my boxed area I saw that it was crooked so I had to trim some away to get it all even.  And in the trimming I had to cut off some of the flower.  But I think it's still a pretty card!  It was also a quick and simple card to make.  This would be a fun card for a Stamp-A-Stack or a Make N Take.  

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Tuesday, November 06, 2012

A Mixed Bouquet Birthday

I absolutely LOVE the font on this birthday greeting.  The image is from the Bring on the Cake set.  And the flower is from the Mixed  Bouquet set plus the matching punch.  Ya gotta LOVE those matching punches.  They make making those pretty flower cards SO much easier and quicker!  

I also found this card on Pinterest.  The original card has the flower being stamped on a window sheet and then punched out.  I didn't do that.  I liked the paper to be solid.  I also changed the wording and the color.  I used Cajun Craze for my colors.  

It's a quick and simple card too.  The squares in the back were cut 1-1/2" each.  I'm not sure if that is what they were cut on the original card but that is how I cut them.  I used the 3/4" circle punch to round the two corners.  Then I stamped and punched the flower.  I set it in place using Dimensionals.  Then I punched out the center with the same punch I used to round the corners!  I stamped the words on and that was it.  Very quick and very simple!

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Monday, November 05, 2012

Faux Metal Christmas Card

Today's card was given to me in a card swap a couple months ago at Terri's Stamping Technique Class.  I was very fortunate to be given a stack of the cards that the gals swapped.  This card was made by Mary.  This card is just TOO pretty!  I have a few cards using this technique in my "to be posted" stash.  I save them for days when I don't have a lot of time to make a card and post it.  It's my "emergency" stash.  It's kind of like the emergency underwear or emergency bras you have in the drawer.  Though those are for when you are desperate.  I never feel that kind of "desperate" when I'm posting these but it reminded me of those times when you just have to have something now but don't want to do the work to get it.  And there are times that I make several cards in one day so I'm ready for the next few days.  I guess that would be similar to doing the laundry, huh???  LOL  

This card was done using the Faux Metal Technique.  There are a couple of different Faux Metal techniques out there.  The other one is done using embossing powder and heating up many layers of it. I much prefer this one, it's less messy and a whole lot quicker!

I do not know the name of the stamp set used here nor the flocked "paper."  It's a window sheet with the flocking on it.  It is very stunning.  I don't remember seeing it in the mini catalog and that's ok.  I don't need to venture into anymore specialty papers right now!!  I have enough stuff to keep me busy for a very long time!!!  Or until the next mini catalog comes out!!! LOL

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Sunday, November 04, 2012

A Merry Mini's Christmas

My sister ordered the Merry Minis stamp set and Punch Pack.  Her mistake was placing an order with me and having the box sent to my house!!!  Silly her.  I, of course opened up the stamp set and the punches.  I wanted SO bad to play with the tree image and stamp.  As I was stamping away I figured I would just tell her that it came in the box like that and I was suspecting it to be either the UPS driver or maybe it was someone at Stampin' Up!.  I'm not sure she would believe my story but I was going to stick with it!!! LOL But as I was punching out the trees she came over to get her order.  I was busted. But on the brighter side UPS and theStampin' Up! employees were safe!!! LOL

Ok, onto this card. I'm not overly fond of it.  I was trying to play with one of the Split Coast Challenge layouts but I didn't like the way it was looking so I just moved a few pieces around and added some ribbon.  It's a very colorful and festive looking card but I doubt I'd make another one.

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Saturday, November 03, 2012

Jolly Bingo Bits Card

I saw this cute card Connie at Inkspired Treasures made using the Jolly Bingo Bits to spell out the word "Joy."  I thought that was such a cute idea so I had to run with it.  Hop on over to her blog and see her card.  It looks nothing like mine.  I didn't CASE her card, I just took the "JOY" out of it!!! That sounds funny!! LOL

I used the Be of Good Cheer decorative paper for my backgrounds.  The papers here are from one sheet.  The dots is on the back of the trees.  I like it when I can get them both working on a card together and they match up with what I'm working on.  I am thinking I should have used red ribbon instead of the Wild Wasabi.  But it's too late now to take it all apart and change it.  So it is what it is.  My main thing with this card was to make the "JOY!"  I just thought it was such a cute idea!  I've had that set since it was first introduced and I never saw the "JOY" in it!!  And I've also used that set a lot too!

This was a fun card to make!

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Snowman Candy Bar Wrapper

Today I have a very fun project and gift for you!  Yes, I said "gift".  I'll get to that part soon!

I have been working diligently on learning some graphic software. I can't say I'm an expert on it, I'm far from it but I can do some of the things with it that I've always wanted to do!  I even surprised myself!

I made this cute snowman candy bar wrapper.  I found that the 1.55 oz (43g) Hershey bar works very well here.

I printed out the image.  Because you get two per page I cut the card stock in half on the long side.  Then I cut the end to 6-1/2".  So now my piece is 5-1/2" x 6-1/2".  

Next I made the score lines.  Starting from the left and going to the right I scored at 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 3-3/4" and 4".  Fold the score lines.  Insert the candy bar and glue one of the edges on the backside.  

Here I added a blue ribbon to look like a scarf.  You can be as creative as you like or not at all!  You can cut some ribbing fabric for a cap if you like or leave it as it is.  It's all up to you how you want to decorate the snowman.  

Won't he make great Stocking Stuffers, Teacher's gifts, Hostess Gifts, Customer Appreciation gifts, something for the Mail Carrier or UPS Driver!

Ok, now for the gift part.  This wrapper can be downloaded for free!  Just click here and follow the instructions.  You may have to register if you are new to my web store.  I'm not sure if you do for a free download but if you do, it's no big deal.  I don't ever go into the address stuff for any reason. Personally, I don't know how to get into it.  I never had a need so I've never ventured there and still have no plans (or the time) to do that.  So what I'm saying is, it's safe to register.  Now head on over and get your free download of this cute snowman wrapper!!  There is no limit to how many you can print out.  There's no limit to how many you can make.  There's no limit to how many you can sell if you opt to make them for a craft fair and sell them.  I do ask that you give me credit though and if you post it on your blog a link back to mine would be much appreciated. Please add the following to your creations:
 Artwork©2012 Wanda Pettijohn
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For those of you who are new to my blog, you joined at the right time!!! It's like Christmas has come early!! Now get busy making these for your friends!!!  And have fun with it!

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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Faux Metal Thank You Card

Today's card was given to me in a card swap a couple months ago at Terri's Stamping Technique Class.  I was fortunate to be given a stack of the cards that the gals swapped.  This card was made by Beth.  My sister just LOVES this card and I'm thinking about letting her have it but as you can see I'm still hanging onto it. It's just TOO pretty!

This card was done using the Faux Metal Technique.  There are a couple of different Faux Metal techniques out there.  The other one is done using embossing powder and heating up many layers of it. I much prefer this one, it's less messy and a whole lot quicker!

The image here came from the Just Believe set.  In person this card is just stunning.  The Eggplant Envy card stock is so much darker in this photo.  

Well, I'm off to finish up my last minute stuff for the craft fair.  Tomorrow I am too busy to touch any of it.  UGH!  I will be glad when the craft fair is done.  I have plans for one day of sleeping in!  I forgot what that was like!!! And with the weather being a bit chillier it will feel good to stay under the covers for a bit longer!

Be sure to stop back tomorrow.  I will have a fun project for you to do with very little effort and time!!!  Ya gotta LOVE that!

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